When Washington meets Cincinnati on Sunday, the two best picks in the NFL Draft 2020 will face each other, while Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tries to avoid the football team’s defensive end Chase Young. Washington coach Ron Rivera revealed this week that his team, who chose second, always considered Burrow and Young as the top two picks in the draft, and would have been happy with both.
Rivera said he wanted to draft Young because he believes defense wins championships, but he was also very high on Burrow and would have taken him if the Bengals had taken Young.
“We want to win championships by playing a good defense. We felt pretty strongly about him. The only other option we felt was a viable option for us was Burrow, and of course he was taken by Cincinnati, ”Rivera said via SI.com. “We think Joe is the full package. We really do. We think Chase is the full package. Depending on what Cincinnati did, that was what we were going to do. The opposite. We did not think we would lose both ways. We really did not. We think both players will be good players and have good careers and we are fired up for having Chase. ”
Rivera’s comments provide an interesting insight into his thinking about Dwayne Haskins, quarterback Rivera inherited in Washington. If Rivera was ready to pull Burrow to the second overall, that means he was also ready to move on from Haskins just a year after Washington took him in the first round.
Now it looks like Rivera is still ready to move on from Haskins when he was benched after a poor start to the season. But that raises the question of why Washington did not write Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert. Young may prove to be a great defensive finish, but contrary to Rivera’s belief that defense wins championships, what really wins championships is having a franchise quarterback. And Washington may have passed on two of them when they passed on Tagovailoa and Herbert.